August 12 Evening Edition



— Duckworth Told Colbert She’d Be ‘Fine’ With a Border Wall in 2014  During a 2014 interview with Stephen Colbert, Rep. Tammy Duckworth said she would be “fine” with a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. – Tom Schuba


— Rauner vetoes automatic voter registration bill – Rick Pearson
— Kane Co. Cougars host Political Corruption Night Thursday – Mike Danahey


— Rauner vetoes automatic voter registration bill – Tina Sfondeles


— Rauner vetoes automatic voter registration – AP
— Matt Murphy announces his Senate resignation – Mike Riopell
— Mundelein trustees at odds over critical Facebook posts – Russell Lissau  (DIERSEN: How do you react when activists, candidates, elected officials, party leaders, major donors, political consultants, their operatives, and their dupes insult/slander/threaten you in public?  So far, my policy has been to forgive those who trespass against me, but I am reconsidering that.)
— Illinois Millennials deserve a better deal than Social Security – David Barnes  (DIERSEN: All during the almost 30 years that I worked for the federal government, my earning credits toward a Civil Service Retirement System pension helped me deal with the vicious efforts of my Democrat superiors, Democrat supervisors, Democrat coworkers, and Democrat subordinates to waste my career and to get rid of me.)
— Group making push to preserve McKee House near Glen Ellyn – Robert Sanchez


— The Clintons’ tax return: What they made, what they paid – Bloomberg  (DIERSEN: I should write a book about how my Democrat superiors, Democrat supervisors, Democrat coworkers, and Democrat subordinates in the federal government demonized, denigrated, and condemned me and then my wife and me as being selfish filthy rich DINKs (dual income, no kids). They hinted/implied/argued/shouted that we would be poor if I had not avoided the draft or if we had children.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, earned adjusted gross income of $10.6 million in 2015 and paid $3.6 million in federal income taxes, according to a tax return her campaign released today as it sought to draw a contrast with her Republican rival, Donald Trump. The couple paid an effective tax rate of 34.2 percent and donated 9.8 percent of their adjusted gross income to charity—including a $1 million gift to the Clinton Family Foundation—according to the return. Today’s release adds to eight years of returns that Hillary Clinton’s campaign made public last year. “All told, the Clintons have made their tax returns public for every year dating back to 1977,” according to a campaign news release. In releasing the return, along with 10 years of tax information for her running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, Clinton’s campaign once again tried to create a contrast between her and Trump over transparency in their personal finances.)
— Why Rauner is pushing term limits so hard – RICH MILLER (DIERSEN: What do your critics/opponent push the hardest?  My critics/opponents push LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, pot, booze, gambling, race and gender based preference giving, age discrimination, abolition of the Second Amendment, destruction of those like me who they cannot manipulate/dominate, destruction of those like me who have sued them, etc.)
— BEYOND OUTRAGEOUS: Attorney general: The state doesn’t need to honor contracts – STEVEN R. STRAHLER


— After verbal missteps, Trump blames others – AP


— Area legislators speak at pro-life breakfast  Aug. 6 event sponsored by Illinois Citizens for Life – ERIC SCHELKOPF
— New College of DuPage president to speak at Illinois State Fair  Ann Rondeau to give keynote address as part of fair’s Veterans Day


— Fake Newspapers Misleading Will, DuPage County Residents: State Senator  Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant is asking all candidates to sever communications with the papers. – Scott Viau  (DIERSEN: When will Scott Viau write an article about newspapers, television stations, radio stations, websites, etc. that deny that they are arms of Democrat Party but act like they are arms of the Democrat Party?)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Newspapers distributed recently in Will and DuPage counties are actually political mailings funded by radio show host Dan Proft and Gov. Bruce Rauner. According to 49th District State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, who issued a news release warning residents, Proft and Rauner fund the papers through the Liberty Principles PAC. Proft is chairman and treasurer of the Illinois Liberty Principles PAC. Proft, who hosts a radio show on AM 560 with Amy Jacobson, has long been a behind-the-scenes guy in Republican politics, working on Senate campaigns for Jack Ryan and Alan Keyes, gubernatorial campaigns for Patrick O’Malley and Steven Rauschenberger, and for several Republican municipal officials. Proft ran for governor himself in the 2010 GOP primary. The papers, as listed by the Illinois Press Association, are Chambana Sun, DuPage Policy Journal, East Central Reporter, Kankakee Times, Lake County Gazette, McHenry Times, Metro East Sun, North Cook News, Rock Island Today, Sangamon Sun, SW Illinois News, West Central Reporter and West Cook News. Not included in the IPA’s list is the Will County Gazette, but its website is nearly identical in layout and design to the other papers’ websites. It also lists the same publisher, Locality Labs. The IPA issued a statement saying the papers are not members of the association, nor are they eligible for inclusion: Obviously, the IPA respects the First Amendment protections of freedom of speech and freedom of the press which allows each of us the right to speak freely, and publish newspapers or newsletters if we wish. While imitation is the highest form of flattery, the IPA cautions readers to become as news literate as possible; that is, to try to determine the source behind the news and information they receive and to question the legitimacy, integrity and intent of both the source and the message. “I echo the IPA’s warning that everyone who receives these publications seriously question their integrity,” said Bertino-Tarrant in a news release. “This is not about the First Amendment, this is about a super PAC going to extreme lengths to mislead people in order to push a political agenda.” The network of fake papers were found by the Illinois State Board of Elections to be in violation of the Campaign Disclosure Act for not including “paid for” attributions and in violation of Illinois law that prohibits Independent Expenditure PACs from colluding with candidates for the newspapers’ interviews with single-party candidates, Bertino-Tarrant said. “Despite the Board’s rulings, the fake papers continue to conduct interviews with candidates and multiple print editions of the papers, including The Will County Gazette and DuPage Policy Journal, fail to list a ‘paid for,’” she said. Locality Labs is reportedly run by Brian Timpone, who did not return a phone message seeking information on the newspapers. Emails sent to the Will County Gazette and the DuPage Policy Journal were not returned. The websites do not list a phone number. Timpone previously ran Journatic, which was fired by the Chicago Tribune for plagiarism and using fake bylines, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. Will County Republican State Senate Candidate Michelle Smith has appeared in the Will County Gazette and the DuPage Policy Journal numerous times, according to Bertino-Tarrant. Smith’s campaign spokesman, Jack DeMeulenaere, said it’s important to reach out directly to voters. “Which is why our campaign conducts interviews with a variety of news organizations and citizens groups, in compliance with election laws,” he said in an email to Patch. Bertino-Tarrant is asking all candidates to sever any communications with the papers. “Voters deserve integrity with their news, not political propaganda masquerading as news,” she said in a news release.)


— A comprehensive review of the most absurd benefits in the AFSCME collective bargaining agreement – Mailee Smith


— Malia Obama making news as party girl  (DIERSEN: Were you a party girl/boy?  I was not. What did you do when you were 18 years old?  During 1966 and 1967, I was a full-time UIC student.  I pumped gasoline part-time for John’s Sinclair in South Chicago Heights, then I delivered mail part-time for the Park Forest Post Office, and then I worked full-time for the Post Office during the summer of 1967.  I drove a 1966 Pontiac Tempest Sprint that I had bought new with money that I had saved washing dishes for the minimum wage in the basement of the S.S. Kresges in Chicago Heights 1964-1966.  I lived with my parents and brother in Crete.  If I had not sought and obtained a student draft deferment, in all likelihood, I would have been drafted.)
— Media bias could wind up helping Trump


— Journalism’s double standard  Major media go rogue in siding with Clinton against Trump – Joseph A. Morris
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Every time a David Duke or some other marginal Klan-connected or neo-Nazi lowlife crawls out from under a rock and gratuitously endorses Donald Trump (or anyone else, particularly a Republican or a conservative), the mainstream media call breathless attention to the news. They further demand that Mr. Trump or the other endorsee renounce the unsolicited and unwanted endorsement.  It’s a brilliant stratagem by the media. There is an inexhaustible supply of otherwise ignored extremists who rise to the bait: Endorsing Donald Trump or a respectable Republican or conservative is the one sure way for a bigot or an extremist to get a minute’s worth of air time and six inches of ink. It also has the effect of tainting the supposedly supported candidate by association and advances the meme that Mr. Trump, the Republican Party or the conservative movement somehow makes it safe for racists, anti-Semites and bigots of all stripes to strut their stuff among decent people. But when the father of the homosexual-hating jihadi who killed 49 people at a nightclub in Orlando showed up at a Clinton rally, applauded the Democratic presidential nominee and her campaign, the media played it quite differently. Hillary Clinton responded to questions not by repudiating the endorsement or the father’s suggestion that it was actually unnecessary for his son to kill the gays he targeted because Allah himself would have taken care of them in due time, but by saying merely that the campaign neither invited him nor knew he would be at the rally. Somehow, that was deemed an adequate response. And now, a left-wing David Duke of the most extreme variety has endorsed Mrs. Clinton. Yet it has neither raised the hackles of the media nor resulted in demands that her campaign explain or denounce the endorsement. Her endorser is no less a figure than the chairman of the Communist Party of the United States.)


— Trump’s Candidacy Has Ripped Apart Yale’s College Republicans – Blake Neff


— Reince Priebus Introduces Trump at Pa. Rally to Show GOP Unity – Todd Beamon
— Clinton Campaign Borrows Trump Line to Bash Him – Jason Devaney


— Priebus on Trump: ‘Don’t believe the garbage you read’ – Nolan D. McCaskill


— Why Trump’s Base Differs From The Typical Republican Crowd


— ‘Homosexuality contrary to God’s purpose’: Christian pastors fight Illinois ban on conversion therapy for LGBT minors – ARIEL ZILBER

Author: David Diersen

The opinions that I express in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails are based on experience that I have gained doing many things since 1948. I base my opinions on what I learned a) working for the federal government for almost 30 years -- Post Office 1966-1969, IRS 1971-1980, and GAO 1980-1997, serving on the Executive Committee of the Association of Government Accountants Chicago Chapter 1983-1996, and being a union member while I worked for the Post Office and IRS; b) earning an MBA from Loyola in 1976, a masters degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, and a masters degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997; c) passing the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979 and passing the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981; c) serving as a Republican Precinct Committeeman since 1999, the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000, the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois Chairman 2005-2012, a member of the 2008 Illinois Republican Party (IRP) Platform and Resolutions Committee, a Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member 2003-2011, the Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster 2008-2010 and 2000-2004, an Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member 2003-2007, and an American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member 2001-2004; d) attending the 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 IRP State Conventions as a delegate; e) being the subject of a nasty 4-page article in the February 1978 issue of Money Magazine; f) pursing litigation including Diersen v. GAO and Diersen v. Chicago Car Exchange; g) being married since 1978; h) living in Crete 1948-1972, in University Park 1972-1976, in Chicago 1976-1978, and in DuPage County, Milton Township, and Wheaton since 1978; and i) being baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran.